In the world of social media, Instagram stands out as one of the most popular platforms, boasting over a billion users worldwide. Instagram provides a space for people to share their lives, interests, and passions with others. A key feature of this platform is the ability to follow and be followed by other users.
When you follow someone and they follow you back, you become mutual followers. However, Instagram sometimes perplexingly fails to display all mutual followers, leaving users wondering why it says “Followed by 1 other” or a similar number, despite there being more mutual followers.
In this article, we will delve into the reasons behind this occurrence and explore what you can do to understand and address it. Let’s get started!
Why Doesn’t Instagram Show All Mutual Followers? (Says Followed by 1 Other But Not on List)
If you’ve ever looked at someone’s Instagram profile and seen that they’re following you, but you can’t seem to find them in your own list of mutual followers, you’re not alone. This is a common problem that can happen for a variety of reasons.
1. Privacy Settings and Visibility
One of the most common reasons why Instagram might not show all mutual followers is related to privacy settings and visibility options. Instagram allows users to adjust their account’s privacy settings, including who can see their followers and who can follow them.
If a user has set their account to Private, their followers’ list will not be visible to anyone except for their approved followers. In this case, when you follow someone who has a private account, they may follow you back, creating a mutual follow relationship.
However, because their followers’ list is hidden, Instagram will display “Followed by 1 other” instead of listing all mutual followers. This is to protect the user’s privacy and ensure that their followers’ identities remain private.
To address this issue, you can request to follow the user who has a private account. Once they approve your request, their followers’ list will become visible to you, and you will be able to see all mutual followers.
2. Accounts with Large Follower Counts
Instagram is home to many celebrities, influencers, and public figures with large follower counts. When you follow such an account, you might notice that it says “Followed by 1 other” even though there are likely thousands or even millions of mutual followers.
This discrepancy occurs because Instagram, for the sake of simplicity and user experience, does not display an extensive list of mutual followers for high-profile accounts. Instead, it aggregates the number to “1 other.”
This approach prevents clutter and makes the platform more user-friendly. For most users, it’s impractical to display an exhaustive list of mutual followers when dealing with accounts of this magnitude. If you’re curious about who the mutual followers are, you can manually check by scrolling through the list of followers.